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Alex Gilvarry, M.F.A.

  • Associate Professor
  • Graduate Faculty
  • Graduate Program Director for the M.F.A. in Creative Writing

Department: English

Office: The Great Hall Annex 411

Office Hours: Office hours by appointment.

Phone: 732-571-7548


Alex Gilvarry was born in Staten Island, New York. He is the author of From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, winner of the Hornblower Award for First Fiction (New York Society Library), Best New Voice 2012 by Bookspan, and selected by the New York Times as an Editor’s Choice. He was named a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 nominee in 2014 and has received fellowships from the Harry Ransom Center and the Normal Mailer Center. His second novel, Eastman Was Here, published in 2017, was nominated for the PEN Open Book Award and chosen as one of the best books of the year by Esquire magazine. His essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Boston Globe, Lithub, and have been broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered.


M.F.A., Hunter College

B.A., Hunter College


Eastman was Here, Viking/Penguin 2017.

From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, Viking/Penguin 2012.



Recently Taught Classes

2024 Spring

2023 Fall

  • Creative Writing: Fiction – EN 252
  • Creative Writing: Introduction – EN 251
  • Fiction Workshop – EN 611

2022 Spring

2021 Fall

  • Advanced Creative Writing – EN 451
  • Craft Intensive Seminar – EN 652
  • Manuscript Seminar – EN 644

2021 Spring

  • Craft of Writing – EN 352
  • Manuscript Seminar – EN 644
  • Seminar in Creative Writing: Writer’s Craft – EN 615

Frequently Taught Classes

  • Advanced Creative Writing (EN 451)
  • Craft of Writing (EN 352)
  • Creative Writing: Fiction (EN 252)
  • Creative Writing: Introduction (EN 251)
  • Fiction Workshop (EN 611)
  • Literature II: Neoclassical to the Present (EN 202)
  • Manuscript Seminar (EN 644)
  • Seminar in Creative Writing: Fiction (EN 611)
  • Seminar in Creative Writing: Writer’s Craft (EN 615)